Last updated on: 4/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Jim Scherr, MBA Biography

Title:
Former Chief Executive Officer of the US Olympic Committee (USOC)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“The Olympic ideal, as enumerated in the Olympic Charter to which all participating Olympic nations must subscribe, stresses the attributes of fair play, and the respect for fundamental ethical principles. The use by any athlete in the Olympic Movement of any banned drug to improve his or her athletic performance is a gross betrayal of those principles…

People, particularly young people, are educated as much by observing what happens in their world as what is presented in the classroom. And when it is disclosed that certain athlete role models have used banned substances to improve their performance, it sends a terrible message on many levels.

First of all it implicitly condones cheating. The use of banned or illegal substances to improve athletic performance is nothing more than cheating. Secondly, there is the perception that aside from the ethical concerns, there are few, if any, deleterious health consequences of using these substances. Both children and adults are exposed to a constant barrage of advertising, news stories regarding how celebrities have used certain drugs to retain or renew their youth, and suggestions that certain exotic ‘natural substances,’ readily available in health food stores, offer a panacea for health, fitness and well-being. Such information often masks reports of the tragic consequences that can lead to depression, suicides, and the development of other fatal conditions, all of which appear to have resulted from the use of certain of these substances.”

Written Testimony for the hearing on “Drugs in Sports: Compromising the Health of Athletes and Undermining the Integrity of Competition” before US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, Feb. 27, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chief Executive Officer, US Olympic Committee (USOC), Apr. 29, 2005-Mar. 2009
  • Chairman, Partnership for Clean Competition
  • Former Chief of Sport Performance, USOC
  • Former Senior Managing Director for Sport Resources, USOC
  • Executive Director, USA Wrestling, 1990-2000
  • Recipient, National Wrestling Hall of Fame Order of Merit, 1997
  • Named USA Wrestling Man of the Year, 1994
  • Former Treasurer, USA Wrestling
  • Former member of the Finance Committee and Board of Directors, USA Wrestling
  • Former member of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Audit Committee, National Governing Bodies (NGB) Council, International Games Prep Committee, and Athletes’ Advisory Council of the USOC
  • Former member, US Olympic Foundation
  • Former President, Colorado Springs Sports Corporation
Education:
  • MBA, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, 1989
  • Bachelor’s degree, University of Nebraska, 1985
Other:
  • Wrestling Silver Medalist, World Championship, 1989
  • Wrestling Competitor, Seoul Olympic Games, 1988
  • Wrestling Silver Medalist, World Championship, 1987
  • Wrestling Bronze Medalist, World Championship, 1986
  • Three-time US National Champion and two-time World Cup champion in wrestling
Quoted in:
  1. Do Teens Use Performance Enhancing Drugs to Emulate Their Professional Athlete Role Models?
  2. Should the Teammates of Athletes Who Are Found Guilty of Using Performance Enhancing Drugs in the Olympics Also Return Their Medals?
  3. Should the Teammates of Athletes Who Are Found Guilty of Using Performance Enhancing Drugs in the Olympics Also Return Their Medals?